Diana Spencer was born on the first of July 1961 in
Sandringham in England. She had two older sisters and a
younger brother. In childhood she liked games, swimming,
running and dancing. She wanted to become a dancer. Besides
she loved children very much and at the age of sixteen she
worked in schools for very young children.
Diana became princess, when Prince Charles, the Queen's
son, asked her to be his wife and they got married. They
seemed to be a happy couple at first. They had two sons. They
travelled a lot they worked a lot, they visited many countries
together. But Diana was not quite happy because they did
different things and Charles didn't understand her.
Why was Diana the most famous, the most beautiful, the
most photographed woman in the world? Why did she win the
hearts of millions and millions of people in many countries?
Why did so many people come to London to remember her
when she died? Why did the car accident which took her life,
become such a total shock to crowds of people? Why did people
feel the need to be in London at the funeral? Why did the tears
and love at the funeral move the world?
The answer is so simple. Matthew Wall, a student at
St. Michael's College in Burlington said: "She was such a
lovely lady. She did so much for those people less fortunate
She was a kind woman. Hundreds of people talked about
Diana's kindnesses. She liked ordinary people, though she
was rich and had many rich friends. Wherever she was, she
was always ready to lend a hand. She was devoted to the sick
and the poor. She visited hospitals for people with AIDS and
for lepers and wasn't afraid to touch them, talk to them,
listen to them. She worked on children's charities, and had
teamed up with Hillary Clinton in an effort to ban landmines.
And it's not only money, that she wanted to give people. She
wanted to give them a part of her soul, to make them happy
because she was unhappy herself. She wanted to give them
love, because she needed love herself.
Rock stars (Sting, Elton John), pop singer George Michael,
film stars and producers (Tom Hanks, Steven Spilberg, Nicole
Kidman, Tom Cruise) and other famous people were among
her friends. But she had more friends among ordinary people.
Diana was seen many times in floods of tears, because of
the pressures of her loveless 15-year marriage. It is not a
secret that Diana was hounded and humiliated to the point of
mental breakdown and was able to pull through only because
she knew she had the love of the people to buoy her in her
She was, indeed, the People's Princess.
1. How many brothers and sisters did Diana have?
2. What did Diana like in childhood?
3. When did Diana become princess?
4. Why did Diana become world-famous?
5. Why did people love Diana?
6. Who was among her friends?
7. Why was she the People's Princess?